Donor Spotlight: A Unique Way to Help Those in Need
Dr. George Chacko came to the United States on a scholarship from Princeton University in 1953. He received his Ph.D. from the New School of Social Research and authored, edited and contributed to 79 books and journals. He always felt deeply indebted to those who had shown him kindness, and keenly felt the need to show kindness to others in turn. Ha had enjoyed a long friendship and admiration of IDRF’s Founder and President Dr. Vinod Prakash.
Just a few weeks before his demise at the age of 85 in 2016, he established a ‘George and Yo Chacko Trust’ for substantial contributions to IDRF for next 10 consecutive years. Dr. Chacko’s thoughtfulness and confidence in IDRF has left an enduring legacy for all of us!
IDRF has published its 2015 Annual Fundraising Appeal. To see the full appeal, Click here!
What is Clean India Mission?
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) is a national campaign launched by the Government of India, on 2nd October 2014, the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by PM Narendra Modi. Open defecation poses a serious threat to the health of children and dignity of women and encounters such as snake bites. Poor sanitation also cripples national development as workers produce less, live shorter lives, save and invest less, and, are less able to send their children to school. The Government of India is aiming to achieve Open Defecation Free -India by 2nd October 2019- the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India. While Clean India Mission has become a household word only now, IDRF has been executing this program since 2009 in Gujarat and 2013 in Telangana.
IDRF and Clean India Mission
At present IDRF is implementing rural sanitation program with three partner-NGOs, having an impeccable track record of services to the underprivileged for over two decades.
- Economic Rural Development Society- is working on providing eco-friendly rural
sanitation units for 3,000 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in West Bengal. This project will benefit 18,000 people by providing them with low-cost sanitation facilities at the household level and create a healthy and safe environment for better living. As of now, 500 sanitation units have been supported by IDRF for this project.
- In 2016, IDRF collaborated with Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society, for constructing toilet-cum-bathroom units for the disadvantaged rural communities of Tamil Nadu. So far IDRF has financed 36 units, and this rural sanitation project is expected to accelerate in the near future.
- In 2017, IDRF has joined hands with Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti to eliminate open defecation, unhygienic disposal of night soil and effluent water in villages of Wardha in Maharashtra. Under this project, 1,000 sanitation units consisting of a toilet, bathroom and water storage tank will benefit 7,000 villagers.
Benefits of Rural Sanitation Units
These rural sanitation units provide the women and girls with a safe and secure structure to attend to their personal hygiene and free them from the agony, stress and risk associated with defecation in open unsafe places and bathing in unprotected spaces. Use of sanitation units in the rural areas puts an end to open defecation related diseases. This decrease in diseases reduces the medical expenses and increase the number of working days for the beneficiaries, thus, boosting the income, level of confidence and dignity of their households.
How can you help with Clean India Mission?
Here is an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged rural families!
$ 250 will enable one rural family to have a toilet at home in West Bengal
$ 275 will help one family to have private sanitation unit consisting of toilet-bathroom and water storage tank in Maharashtra
$ 550 will provide individual toilet-cum-bathroom for one family in Tamil Nadu
IDRF’s work to achieve a “clean and strong India” made front-page news in the Texas-based newspaper India Herald! For the full article, see here.
IDRF Given GreatNonprofits Award Based on Positive Online Reviews
North Bethesda, Maryland, November 4, 2014—India Development and Relief Fund announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 op-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
IDRF is proud of its accomplishments this year, including helping NGO partners to build over 1,000 sanitary toilets and supporting over 10,000 women to date through microfinance.
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that IDRF received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote, “This is the most efficient and well run foundation I have donated to. They select projects where they can make a difference and have remarkable outcomes.”
While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, IDRF was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, we’ll been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with IDRF have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. For more information and to write a review for IDRF, visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/india-development-and-relief-fund-inc.
IDRF has published its 2014 Annual Fundraising Appeal. To see the full appeal, Click here!
IndiaToday estimates that over 1.1 lakh (110,000) people have been rescued thus far from the floods in Jammu & Kashmir that have cost at least 150 lives. Thousands of villages have been submerged under water. The government and aid workers are laboring tirelessly to provide relief goods to survivors, and have already set up 83 camps to temporarily house the thousands of displaced persons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey to assess the damages, and declared the situation a national level disaster. The Prime Minister has pledged an initial sum of 1,000 crore rupees ($164 million) for the disaster response efforts. In order to ensure that the thousands of affected families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods, a great and concerted collective effort is needed.
IDRF is committed to working with reliable local partners to help with relief and rehabilitation for those affected. Donate now to support the immediate and long term efforts. Your gift will help survivors to restore their dignity and their lives.